They devoted themselves to the
apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
The secondary priority of our gathering to engage the Scripture is to foster a community of friendship, love, and encouragement. As we worship and engage the scriptures we want to grow in friendship as well, believing that Jesus meant what he said, that the world will know you love me, by how you love one another. To love someone, you must know someone.
Another outcome of worship and engaging the scriptures is intentional action, which works best when it organically grows out of the community. Galatians 6:9, reminds us to never get tired of doing good; don’t get discouraged or give up for at just the right time we will have a harvest of blessings. We need each other so we can continue to do the good that God calls us to in the Scriptures. Fellowship is also important because it provides us with an opportunity to invest in each other by building each other up (1 Thessalonians 5: 11). We seek to create community that assumes the best of one another and seeks to encourage the transformation God works in our lives.